Director of Organizational Development
Nishi is originally from from Winnipeg MB, but she’s called Toronto home since 2010. She completed a BA in Environmental Geography & Urban Studies at the University of Toronto, where she got to learn about cities (especially Toronto) from all angles, from wastewater management to public art. During this time she coordinated the 2013 Yes In My Back Yard festival; conducted research on neighbourhood leadership in Regent Park; and led the University College ‘Lit’, Canada’s oldest student government. After finishing her degree, she went on to complete her Masters of Public Health at U of T, where she focused how urban issues like transit, housing, and the built environment affect peoples’ quality of life.
Nishi firmly believes that city-building should be accessible to everyone, and her goal is to build healthier neighbourhoods in Toronto. As Director of Organizational Development, she supports TYC’s members in developing their leadership capacity and civic literacy. In her day job, she works as a Junior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute, where she does research and works with policy-makers to address health inequities throughout the GTA. In the past she’s conducted research and delivered programs with the Centre for City Ecology, the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, and Access Alliance.